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U.S. State Department Releases List of Human Rights Offenders

By March 14, 2008

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The U.S. State Department has released its annual report on human rights around the world. The ten worst offender countries are listed as: North Korea, Myanmar, Iran, Syria, Zimbabwe, Cuba, Belarus, Uzbekistan, Eritrea and Sudan. China was dropped from the list this year. This news report has an overview and the full report is online.


March 17, 2008 at 8:46 am
(1) b schutz says:

i am surprised:
you make no comment about the usa:abu..
guant.. and so on.

March 17, 2008 at 11:57 am
(2) Stan says:

I think US State department registers all Guantanamo abuse as if occured in Cuba

March 17, 2008 at 7:14 pm
(3) Dan says:

It pays to do business with the USA! (See China dropped from list.)

March 17, 2008 at 8:25 pm
(4) The Girl says:

I wish they would say what these countries have done in plain English. I don’t want details, just a quick and easy-to-read overview of why that’s the list. Myanmar? Belarus? Eritrea? I never would have guessed.

March 18, 2008 at 1:39 pm
(5) Samuel X says:

@ b schutz:
First off, neither of those occurred during this last year. Second, they are, quite frankly, sawdust in comparison to atrocities committed in Sudan, Myanmar, Iran, Cuba, China, and North Korea. (I can’t really speak for the others.)

March 24, 2008 at 6:52 pm
(6) William Slattery says:

Where is Iraq? Surely that is the worst place on the planet now for human rights.

March 25, 2008 at 7:49 pm
(7) Aidan. says:

Good god, can you believe it. That list isn’t worth anything. Except as a ‘countries that the U.S. most dislikes’. To be sure, some of those countries are certainly bad human rights offenders – North Korea and Myanmar, for example.
But certainly Cuba doesn’t belong there, since its human rights offences, though existing, are very minor in comparison to many countries, (including the U.S.).
Iran is a bad H.R abuser, though not to the same scale as the really bad ones. And Syria really shouldn’t be there either, not among the worst.
Conspicuously absent are Saudi Arabia (which is an abuser in the same way as Iran, but worse) and Israel – Not the worst of the worst, but still responsible for much suffering.
But the WORST OF THE WORST, now I mention it, is none other than CHINA. To argue otherwise is just plain stupid. That the list now excludes China only proves the idiocy of this list.
This kind of nonsene propaganda – feeding people lies to justify crimes you are commiting – or plan to commit – against countries, only adds to the justification of giving the U.S. it’s own place in the top ten.

August 30, 2010 at 6:24 pm
(8) Mr T says:

I disagree with your views and accept the results of this geographic statement in the view that human rights offenders are the pubic hair of society

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